Dad was fatigued and off his food the last 3 days so I last called the ambos last night to get a check out on my father's heart. Heart all fine and beating well, so opted not to take him into hospital, even after the ambos gave us the choice to get him checked out in hospital because of his heart history.
So took him to the GP today. GP checked him out and said he is probably anemic because of being deficient in vitamins and minerals due to this prostate cancer.
His Hemoglobin has been low but their was in increase from a blood test in February compared to his December blood test. PSA under 1. Explained to the GP that my Dad was getting better and had more energy and was eating well and had gained 8kg in 2 months.
Yet the GP prescribed him Ensure Powder and Ferrograd C after checking his computer. Kickbacks?
Comparing Sustagen and Ensure Powder and felt they were mostly comparable but Sustagen was better due to less Sodium and Potassium.
With Ferrograd C I am now skeptical about after watching the clip above. I am going to give him a multivitamin as the Ferrograd C is quite a big hit of Iron and I wary of it potentially damaging his heart further.
If he doesn't improve I will have to either get his Iron levels checked out or just take him to emergency to get him a blood transfusion or two.
Victorian members will know that Nev Black could not come with me to the recent Victorian Face-to-a-name meeting because of his sudden need for a pacemaker.
Members further north will know that Nev had to miss the Queensland and Northern NSW Face-to-a-name meeting a week later because he was hospitalized with an infection from the operation.
I am happy to report that Nev is at home and has been up and about for the past couple days, and seems to have completely recovered from the infection (and from the rather fierce medicine that cured it.)
Thanks for your input Chuck. I am not convinced that Zytiga had actually stopped working, as the symptoms were unusual. After two years with no problems, suddenly I had a number of lymph glands in my throat swell and were very tender to the touch. A biopsy found PCa in them, but who knows it could have been there all along and the rapid swelling and tenderness due to something unrelated. On research, my current problem could be related to low potassium levels which I would have thought they would have picked up, but maybe not. I am off for blood test now and will raise the possibility of resuming Zytiga with my Med Onc on monday.